It’s a new episode of the podcast and there’s a lot to cover! In Episode 7, we follow up on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and more importantly how we plan to cover it all while keeping ourselves sequestered from potential spoilers. We also take a look at a study from FSU that shows Portal 2 might be a lot better than Lumosity at improving your cognition.
And then as the title suggests, we jump headfirst into two big piles of pseudoscience. First is a ‘study’ by a very interest-conflicted group that says that there might be a little bit of phthalates in your Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese (Kraft Dinner, Canadians). And finally, we take an extended look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and ‘health’ website Goop, breaking down exactly how using alternative healthcare like Goop can be significantly detrimental to your actual health.
Episode 7 Show Notes
- Listen to previous episodes of Science [and/or] Fiction here.
- Playing ‘Portal 2’ Might Make You Smarter (via Engadget)
- Here’s Slate’s rebuttal to the New York Times article raising the alarm about ‘phthalates in mac and cheese: Don’t Panic Over Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese
- And here’s the original New York Times article: The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese
- An article from Ars Technica which goes into detail about the controversy surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop: Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Offers a Case Study on How to Sell Snake Oil
- And finally, find below Adam Savage’s talk from 2017 San Francisco March for Science (Taylor incorrectly said this was from Bay Area Science Festival 2016): The Enemy of Science is Bias